There’s a wide variety of imported beers in Réunion, but the undisputed star is ‘la dodo’ Bourbon beer.
The introduction of new grape varieties has made it possible to produce red, rosé and white wines in the Cirque de Cilaos: ‘le vin de Cilaos’.
The true ‘national’ drink, however, is rum. Beware of young rum (4 months): it might look light, but it’s powerful stuff! Rum can be arrangé (infused) with spices, such as vanilla, herbs and fruit – pineapple, lychee, kaffir lime, for example. All Réunion’s tropical fruits are used to make punches.
(Alcohol abuse is dangerous for your health, consume in moderation.)